Written on June 15, 2011 – 2:10 pm | by EBB Team
The FDA has been considering new rules for sunscreens for the past 33 years, but on Tuesday, June 14th, they announced their decision to finally re-address the rules that govern the $680 million US sunscreen market.
With the goal of making the market less confusing, these new rules, which will go into effect in one year, will specify which sunscreens provide the best protection against the sun and prohibit claims that sunscreens are water or sweatproof.
In order to earn the classification of “broad spectrum” protection, sunscreens will now have to protect equally against UVA & UVB radiation and must contain an SPF of 15 higher in order to claim that they aid in the prevention of sunburns and decrease the risks of skin cancer and early aging. Additionally, claims to be waterproof and sweatproof will now be considered false and instead, manufacturers can claim in minutes how long their products are water resistant.
How do you think these new rules will change this booming market? What more do you think needs to be done, if anything?